NGF crisis: Jang replies Kwankwaso

Jonah Jang, Plateau state governor

The Plateau Governor said he never begged to be nominated as NGF chairman.

The Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, has rebutted his Kano State counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for allegedly voting for his opponent, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, in the Nigeria Governors Forum chairmanship election, despite nominating Mr. Jang for the position.

A statement by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yiljap Abraham, on Thursday stated that Mr. Jang never begged any governor to nominate himnto contest the chairmanship election of the forum, NGF.

Mr. Jang lost the election by 16 votes to 19 to Mr. Amaechi, but has rejected the results; instead proclaiming himself the chairman of the forum and factionalising it.

“Governor Jang never sought to be ‘Consensus Candidate’; never begged for NGF chairmanship – and so cannot be disgraced. He will come out clean – unstained and untainted,” he said.

The statement claimed Mr. Kwankwaso’s alleged comment over the crisis was not being fair to Mr. Jang.

Read Mr. Jang’s statement below.


Governor Kwankwaso’s account of events during the Northern States Governors’ Forum which led to the adoption of Governor Jonah Jang as the candidate of the region for the chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum has thrown a moral glitz on Nigeria’s political turf.

His admission that he personally nominated Governor Jonah Jang and asked Governor Suswam of Benue to support his move only because “It was a game…”Clearly showed a mind luxuriating in unethical lyrics.

That the Kano Governor could walk cool out of the room wherein “they” had decided to set up Benue and Plateau for a national “fall” tells us a bit about why we may not capture back soon Nigeria’s political morality. That he could nominate Jang as consensus candidate and still not “vote” for him showed an incredible double-speak!

Where the porch of integrity Kwanwaso was had constructed as Nigeria’s Defense Minister?

Is this “game” part of the crafted Kwankwasiyya curriculum that must be passed by those under the governor’s tutelage? Is crass deception now being introduced as part of a leader’s necessary attitudinal regalia in Nigeria’s politics? Will this form part of our national values as we trudge toward 2015… and the years beyond?

As we reflect further on the implication of what Governor Kwankwaso has ‘divulged’, there is still a generation in Kano, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Plateau and beyond that will reminisce at those glorious years of political brotherhood when Governor Abubakar Rimi and Governor Solomon Lar brought Kano and Plateau to an unbreakable and unshakeable bond of temperate unity (even though they belonged to different political parties and religions!) – a relationship that stood as an icon of national integration and regional mutuality.

“We refuse to consider that political deception should be celebrated as a national value or that it proves a graduation from elementary politics. Rather, leaders should be made to uphold universally accepted values such as truthfulness, unity, sincerity, courage and integrity. Not to do so is to consign “graduate leaders” to perpetual political elementarism.

Governor Jang never sought to be ‘Consensus Candidate’; never begged for NGF chairmanship – and so cannot be disgraced. He will come out clean – unstained and untainted.

Plateau people will ever remain overcomers of all forms of deceptions and manipulations that are targeted at their temperance, discretion and nationalistic zeal.

Yiljap Abraham

Hon Commissioner,

Information and Communication, Plateau state.

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